Ster­ling re­veals joy be­ing Eng­land's high­est earner

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MRa­heem Ster­ling hailed Manch­ester City's 'in­cred­i­ble' de­vel­op­ment of him after sign­ing a new five-year deal worth up to £300 000 a week.

Sports­mail re­ported last week that the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional had ver­bally agreed fresh terms after an 18 months dur­ing which he has flour­ished un­der Pep Guardiola.

Ster­ling has seven goals al­ready this sea­son and Guardiola has con­sis­tently said the 23-year-old is be­com­ing stronger and more ma­ture. “I'm de­lighted to sign - my de­vel­op­ment here has been in­cred­i­ble,” Ster­ling said. “I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice f or me. It's re­ally paid of f f or me and I ' m re­ally grate­ful. “Ev­ery sea­son you come in you want to do bet­ter than your pre­vi­ous sea­son. You want to try and de­velop and get bet­ter. “With the fa­cil­i­ties we've got here there's no rea­son not to. With the coach­ing staff and the play­ers we have in this team it's the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment to de­velop and get bet­ter.” There had been con­cerns over the winger's fu­ture as talks dragged on but he al­ways wanted to com­mit to the Premier League cham­pi­ons. Manch­ester City Sport­ing Di­rec­tor Txiki Be­giris­tain added: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for the club.

“Ra­heem has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally in the past two sea­sons and is now one of the Premier League's best at­tack­ing play­ers. His statis­tics tell their own story. “He's qui c k, strong and ex­cel­lent in front of goal – ev­ery­thing a modern-day for­ward needs to ex­cel.”

Mar­cus Rash­ford.

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